Lawson Oyekan and Nicola Tassie.

Lawson Oyekan and Nicola Tassie, Cross Lane Projects

Cross Lane Projects presents a curated exhibition of new and existing work by ceramic artists: Lawson Oyekan and Nicola Tassie.
Ceramics continues to enjoy a renewed status in galleries and art fairs, and the variety of work represented in these contexts is getting broader and more nuanced. Cross Lane Gallery is one of several contemporary galleries showcasing an exciting mix of clay work at the moment, positioning what perhaps previously would have been seen as ‘pottery’ in dialogue with more conceptual art works. It’s an exciting time to be working with clay; the age-old argument between the hierarchy of craft and art feels less relevant, with work increasingly being exhibited in relation to each other, rather than in competition.

Nicola Tassie began her career as a painter but turned to ceramics in the 1980s, setting up one of the first ceramic studios in London. Her work expands across two main themes: exquisitely thrown functional ware that distils her sense of design and form and composed sculptural assemblages that play with and stretch our understandings of the ceramic object. The work made for London Art Fair sees her methodology take on new narratives: vessel-like or pebbled forms stacked and clustered together in walls and totems. There’s a direct conversation between the contemporary design that informs these arrangements and the ancient mountains, stone circles and dry-stone walls of the landscape.

Where Tassie’s work was chosen to represent a design approach that is deeply informed by her painterly origins, Lawson is much more spiritual in his approach. Seeking to offer a message of reassurance, of connection to light in the dark, the humped forms speak of human endurance and the ability to heal. Often grouped in threes, they reference spirituality, with clay as the substance of creation and the many creation myths which have clay as a central theme (even Western science backs up the notion that the biochemicals that made life on Earth originated in clay). Their larger-than-life scale life on Earth originated in clay). Their larger-than-life scale forces the viewer to confront them, their perforated surfaces scratched with philosophical musings and poetry in Yoruba and English; through this confrontation, this questioning, Oyekan hopes that healing can begin.

These two artists will be brought together through a single material that explores the uniqueness of human existence. Through it, they connect not only with each other, but also to a global history of material culture.

Duration 09 February 2023 - 04 March 2023
Times Thursdays – Saturdays 12-5pm or by appointment
Cost Free
Venue Cross Lane Projects
Address Floor 1, 6-8 Vestry Street, , London, N1 7RE
Contact 447765830386 / /


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